Grocers fight cuts to food stamps

12/8/2011 | Bloomberg Businessweek

With food stamps paying for about 12% of groceries nationwide, retailers including Kroger, SUPERVALU and Safeway joined farmers and activists for the poor in fighting cuts to the federal program. Pat Burns, president of Pennsylvania grocery chain The Fresh Grocer, said 34% of his business comes from food stamps, and losing those sales would mean trimming his workforce of 1,200. "We would be paying the social costs of that," he said.

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